Sunday, May 29, 2011

Some rapture confessions - a week later

// I don't want the rapture to happen. I feel like a bad Christian when I say this, but I really want to live life right now. I know as believers we're supposed to desire Heaven and have this excitement about it (and that's fine, I've got nothing against that), but I really don't at the moment. There are many reasons for this. Firstly, Liam. Secondly, the scores of people that will possibly be condemned to hell. A desire for Heaven for me just feels like selfishness.

// I don't think the world is any more worse off (or any "closer" to a rapture).  If you know me at all, you've probably heard a rant about the "good 'ol days." It bothers me when people talk about how much things were better in the previous generation. Because it's just not true. There has always been atrocities, there has always been sin. No period of time is worse than the one before it. In fact in several areas things are kind of improving. But I'll shut up about it. You've probably heard it all already from me.

// I don't even know what I think about a rapture. I did the whole Bible college thing. Took enough courses (as required by the school) to earn a minor in Biblical Studies. And I still don't know what I think about the "end times." I just can't figure it out, and I don't think anyone really can. Even in the Bible, Paul and other spoke as if Christ was going to return then - during their lifetimes. Not that that changes anything, it just goes to show no one has a clue.

// I just don't like the whole "100% certainty" attitude. The fact that this guy claims to be absolutely right yet comes up with reasons why he won't give away everything he has, you know he's full of it. It's okay to say "I think I'm right but can't really know for sure because that's what faith is all about." Still won't believe him, but I might like him more.

// And why are we even listening to this guy?? Why is this even a news story? Why am I writing a blog post about it? He was wrong in the '90s. It's clear this guy doesn't know what he's talking about. Stuff like this you shouldn't really get a second chance. Why do people still believe him? And doesn't he know the track record of other peoples' predictions of end times throughout the thousands of years? They've all been wrong 100% of the time. Horrible odds. I'd just stick to something safer-- "That earthquake was because God was angry! The end times are coming soon*!"

*The end times are a lot like my viewpoint of global climate change-- although I believe it's happening, I feel like ANYTHING that happens is used as proof of it. Anything. I just wish something would happen where they would say, "Well, maybe things aren't as bad as we thought." or "Well, maybe Christ isn't coming back as soon as we were thinking."